Mexican man sentenced on firearms charge

Docs: Deputy found guns, body armor, ammo, cocaine, meth, other drugs in vehicle

A Mexican national without legal authorization to be in the country found with firearms, ammunition, drugs and body armor during a traffic stop last November will serve a 70-month prison sentence, court records show.

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Juan Carlos Del Angel-Zamora to the more than 5-year prison term Wednesday, roughly six months after the man agreed to plead guilty to one of two federal firearms charges, the record shows.

Del Angel-Zamora was arrested Nov. 26, 2018, after a traffic stop in Mission by a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputy led to the discovery of guns, ammo and drugs inside the man’s vehicle.

The following day, investigators with the sheriff’s office interviewed Del Angel-Zamora. It was at this point he admitted to ownership of a 9mm pistol, a .38 caliber handgun, nearly 150 rounds of different ammunition, body armor and the various drugs found inside the vehicle.

During the interview, Del Angel-Zamora also admitted to being in the country without legal authorization.

Subsequently, the 32-year-old Mexican national was charged with two counts unlawful transport of firearms.

On March 1 of this year, in an effort to avoid a jury trial, Del Angel-Zamora entered into a plea agreement with the government, and pleaded guilty to one of the two firearms charges — in exchange the government agreed to dismiss the remaining count at the time of sentencing.

As part of the deal, Del Angel-Zamora agreed to forfeit the aforementioned firearms and ammunition.

Because Del Angel-Zamora is not authorized to remain in the country, he will likely be deported upon completion of this prison term.